Sunday 15, December 2013
Richard Nunns, Natalia Mann and David Long began working towards a new album this month at Bob Bickertons studio in Nelson, NZ. Starting from a base of free improvisation, we are finding plenty of textures that you wouldn't expect from harp, banjo and taonga puoro. Looking forward to a release on the Rattle label later this year, and the project is generously supported by Creative New Zealand.
Saturday 30, November 2013
'From Marseille to the Moon' with the baroque-rock experimental art music pioneers of Marseille - Leda Atomica Musique. 'De Marseille a La Lune' featured artists from Albania, New Zealand, Corsica and France. Musical director Phil Spectrum, famous for his punk sensibilities, conceived a Marseillaise 'revue', a French term which describes a performance comprising a mixture of things, this time designed for everyone. Spiced improvisations and baroque themes in this modern cross-genre orchestration flavoured a backdrop of early experimental films including George Melies, Fritz Lang, Emile Cohl, and the Lumiere Brothers who made their first experiments just near Marseille circa 1892. Actor Jean-Claude Martin played the Pierrot inspired poetic captain of a ship sailing to the moon...
Thursday 14, November 2013
I am grateful to be presented with the Iosefa Enari Memorial Award in recognition of achievement and supporting development of my art form. The Iosefa Enari Memorial Award is given annually by Creative NZ to support the career development of individual Pacific musician. Iosefa Enari was an elder to us young artists, a baritone opera singer, a friend and mentor who I loved working with. I'm honoured to recieve this award from Creative NZ Pasifika Arts Board, and especially so because it remembers Iosefa.
Thursday 26, September 2013
Natalia Mann Trio will be performing at the 23rd AKBANK Jazz Festival in Istanbul Thursday September 26 9:30pm.
The Natalia Mann Trio is a project that builds musical bridges between New Zealand, Greece and Turkey. Well-known harpist Natalia Mann, bassist Dine Doneff, and percussionist Izzet Kizil first played together in Macedonia in 2011. The trio combines Mann’s musical precision, Doneff’s ability to play multiple instruments, and Kızıl’s contemporary rhythms to create a rapport with an avant-garde approach that utilizes free jazz techniques.
Sunday 16, June 2013
Matariki is the time when the stars of the constellation Pleiades come together in the southern hemisphere sky, signalling the new year and a time of new beginnings. In celebration of this, Natalia Mann and Horomona Horo bring together their atmospheric instruments with inspired improvisations.
They will be performing at Square Edge Creative Arts Centre in Palmerston North. They will be offering workshops on improvisation and Taonga puoro during the day.
Taonga puoro, literally translated as "treasure song" or "Singing Treasures" is the collective term given to the wide array of wind, percussive and string families of instruments. A tohunga, or master of the instruments, Horomona performs and handles the full spectrum of the taonga puoro with a measured skill, historical and cultural understanding as passed down to him by his mentors, first the late Dr Hirini
Melbourne and since 2006, Dr Richard Nunns - two
of the men credited with the revival of the art-form.